Archives for March 17, 2011

Japan quake, tsunami, nuke news 04

… continuing .. Good news and bad news, mostly just uncertain news. A cable needed to power equipment has been installed. It turns out that one of the reactors uses Plutonium. Ooops. Cable reaches Japan nuclear plant Fukushima on Thursday: Prospects starting to look good ‘Worst probably over’ The story of the quake- and tsunami-stricken…

In temporal order: Already aired, now available as a Podcast: Skeptically Speaking # 102: Fluoride and Water Tech with Dr. William James. “God’s Lady Problem” with Jen McCreight on Atheists Talk #107, March 13, 2011 Upcoming, Soon: Friday March 18th, Skeptically Speaking #103 Sewer Science with Liz Borkowski. Atheist Talk Radio # 108: “The Outsider…

Tennessee’s House Bill 368 was passed on a 9-4 vote, with no testimony or discussion, at the House General Subcommittee of Education meeting on March 16, 2011. A version of the “academic freedom” antievolution bill, HB 368 would, if enacted, require state and local educational authorities to “assist teachers to find effective ways to present…

As we speak, several children lie gravely ill in Minneapolis, struck down by a preventable but sometimes fatal childhood disease. One of the children is an infant who was too young to have been vaccinated, but caught the disease, apparently, from someone old enough to be vaccinated but who was not. Get your children vaccinated.…

Antievolution bill dies in Kentucky

When the Kentucky legislature adjourned sine die on March 9, 2011, House Bill 169 died in committee. A special session of the legislature will convene starting on March 14, 2011, but only to consider two unrelated items, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader (March 10, 2011). HB 169, if enacted, would have allowed teachers to “use,…

The quake, which was centered under the sea, did considerable damage to undersea communications cables. Originally the damage was thought to be minimal but it is apparently rather significant. At least five major cables have been damaged. Details here. Meanwhile, the US military has blocked several websites that are eating up bandwidth that is needed…

How to help Japan

Japan needs your help after the earthquake, tsunami, and complex nuclear accident. George Takei on the Japan Quake and Tsunami. Hat tip: Claudia Sawyer I don’t think the amount of heart makes as much difference as the amount of the donation, but it’s a nice sentiment. The truth is, Haiti needs your help more. A…

I am (half) ethnic Irish and I grew up in a city that was as Irish as the Blarney Stone itself. When I was a teen armed with a false ID and a strong sense of purpose (that being to get drunk with my friends) we’d cruise the bars, starting on or near Madison, Lark…

Daemonic underground gasses exploded to the surface in a fiery fireball in South Minneapolis today, blasting a huge hole in a parking lot, causing several cars to meltdown, and potentially damaging a newly rebuilt section of God’s Highway (I35 W).1 The news agencies noticed it when checking the traffic cameras for their local traffic report.…

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